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Company: IDEA Public Schools
Location: Arkansas City, AR
Career Level: Director
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education

Description

Position at IDEA Public Schools

Role Mission: The Executive Director reports to Lisa Garza's (Chief School Officer) team and partners closely with senior leaders and national teams across the organization to ensure successful outcomes are met. The Executive Director is responsible for all measures of student success, staff performance and retention, operational stability, financial stewardship, and board development in their region. The Executive Director role evolves and broadens as the region transforms from one of planning and building to one of learning with students in seats. The information shared below details some of the goals an Executive Director would be responsible for as the region develops.

PHASE I: PREPARE & BUILD

2020-2021 (3 years before schools open)

  • Determine launching region for 2023-2024: Northwest Arkansas or Central Arkansas
  • Determine top 3 neighborhoods of greatest need, within selected launching region, and build relationships with community leaders in advance of campus site selection
  • Close on, or be under contract for, 2 sites for 2023-2024 launching campuses
  • Build initial talent pool, including Principals in Residence and Regional Director of Operations
  • Hire at least 4 principals in residence to train in IDEA schools in other regions with students
  • Learn IDEA's academic, operational, and financial model, and build relationships within the organization
  • Strengthen relationships with supporters; build network of advocates, champions, and funders
  • Develop and articulate a vision for IDEA in the region
  • Understand and meet all charter application requirements, resulting in approval of charters and all necessary permission to open 4 schools in 2023
  • Secure at least 2/3 of required philanthropy for Arkansas to launch and reach financial sustainability

2021‐2022 (2 years before schools open):

  • Determine region for 2024-2025 school site: Northwest Arkansas or Central Arkansas
  • Determine top 2 neighborhoods of greatest need, within selected launching region, and build relationships with community leaders in advance of campus site selection
  • Close on, or be under contract for, 1 site for 2024-2025 campus
  • Develop and articulate an operational and personnel model for IDEA Arkansas to serve two distinct geographies nearly three hours apart, in partnership with the relevant functional leaders within IDEA
  • Hire a Regional Director of Operations
  • Hire 12 founding teacher fellows
  • Hire at least 2 Principals in Residence for 2024-2025 schools
  • Secure sufficient philanthropy to meet pre‐launch needs (1/3 of total need)
  • Develop relationships with community leaders and build out a robust “IDEA interest list” of potential families
  • Learn and begin to master IDEA school and regional management practices
  • Cultivate and assemble a board with at least 3 members that meets the needs of the region
  • Submit all necessary applications for mission‐critical permissions, including charters

2022‐2023 (1 year before schools open)

  • Determine region for 2025-2026 school site: Northwest Arkansas or Central Arkansas
  • Determine top 2 neighborhoods of greatest need, within selected launching region, and build relationships with community leaders in advance of campus site selection
  • Close on, or be under contract for, 1 site for 2025-2026 campus
  • Ensure successful, timely construction and delivery of 2023-2024 campuses
  • Secure 3:1 student application‐to‐seats ratio, and reach 100% enrollment before Day 1
  • Select 4 launching principals and hire at least 2 Principals in Residence for 2025-2026 schools
  • Hire regional leadership team members and Vice Presidents of Schools
  • Ensure 100% of teachers are hired in advance of summer training institutes
  • Ensure 100% of permissions required to operate schools are secured, including charters (if applicable)
  • Secure sufficient philanthropy to meet pre‐launch needs
  • Build out governing board by adding at least 2 additional members
  • Submit all necessary applications for mission‐critical permissions, including charters

PHASE II: LAUNCH & LEAD

2023‐2024 (Year 1):

  • All schools open on time, all schools fully enrolled
  • Achieve Arkansas state accountability results equivalent to Texas STAAR and End of Course results of 30% Masters, 60% Meets, and 90% Approaches Mastery
  • Achieve 97.5% Average Daily Attendance
  • Achieve grade level proficiency of 70% for 1st and 2nd grade students in reading, language and math
  • 90% student persistence
  • 85% staff retention
  • Schools are 100% staffed with high quality leaders and teachers, including a Principal in Residence bench
  • Solidify community support for IDEA and secure sufficient philanthropy to meet growth needs
  • Grow waitlist to ensure strong recruitment, enrollment at subsequent campuses
  • Select 2 principals for 2024-25 schools and hire at least 2 Principals in Residence for 2026-2027 schools
  • Ensure successful, timely construction and delivery of 2024-2025 campuses
  • Determine region for 2025-2026 school site: Northwest Arkansas or Central Arkansas
  • Determine top 2 neighborhoods of greatest need, within selected launching region, and build relationships with community leaders in advance of campus site selection
  • Close on, or be under contract for, 1 site for 2025-2026 campus

Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree required; Master's degree preferred
  • At least 2 years classroom teaching experience with demonstrated effectiveness required
  • School Leadership or Non‐Profit Leadership experience required

Compensation:

  • Competitive salary package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance and employer paid retirement options; as well as bonus compensation up to 25% of salary. Salary commensurate with experience; typical starting range of $145,000‐$165,000

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.


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